August 23rd, 2008
09:39 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama-Biden: Boehner reacts

(CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner criticized the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket in an issued statement Saturday.

“Americans looking for a pair of candidates who are ready to fix a broken Washington aren’t going to find them on the Obama / Biden ticket," he said. "In Joe Biden, Barack Obama has not only found a running mate who doesn’t believe he’s ready to be president, he’s proven his opposition to an ‘All of the Above’ energy reform strategy to lower fuel costs for families and small businesses."

(Full statement after the jump)

“John McCain’s comprehensive energy reform plan is supported by a broad and bipartisan majority of Americans who are tired of struggling with high gas prices and soaring utility bills. And he’s taken the bold step of calling on Speaker Pelosi to bring Congress back from its break to vote on House Republicans’ American Energy Act. McCain is a real reformer and the only candidate in this race who is ready to lead.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John Boehner
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Independent

    What else would you expect out of Boehner's mouth....Biden can run rings around him....Biden has far more respect.....Biden says what he thinks, if you don't like it....take a hike!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. The Blind Lady of Justice

    Boeher, you idiot !!

    NEVER, never give a quote where the public would apply your criticism to our side if the names were changed.

    "Americans looking for a candidate ready to fix a broken Washington isn't going to find it on the John ... "I've-been-in-Washington-26-years" .... McCain ticket.

    August 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. James


    August 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    John Boehner is obviously jealous. The Repubs. have no one of equal stature. Serves them right!

    August 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Robert in raleigh

    It's a mighhty ill wind that doesn't change it's course . Thank God for change for it is the only thing that we can depend on.......

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. annie

    The obama bin biden dummy duo is the joke of the year! Both are arrogant and egotistical and one can't talk without a teleprompter and one doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    Hey sheep where is the change?????? Biden has been in Washington for 30 years is that the change you are all talking about. Best of all he said it him self "OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED"

    Better luck in 2012

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. tired of wash.insiders.

    so,mr boehner?your party certainly isnt going fix anything,either.just as well stay home as support the same old tired washington do nothing politics.i dont see much difference in the party's anymore.biden is not change!mccain is not change!hillary was not change!boehner is not change!i'm not sure obama is change anymore ,either.this hurts a lot to say.

    August 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Can anyone say, "Sour Grapes?"

    I think the debates are going to prove interesting. I am getting sick and tired of the same ole b.s that has been traveling around in the never ending emails.

    It is apparent that there is a large amount of the American voting public that want to believe things about a candidate that are truly false. Why they consistently forward such blatant falsehoods is beyond any rational thinking. This does not mean they are wrong, it means that they don’t have the mental capacity to distinguish a lie from the truth.

    I thought that Obama would go far politically when I heard him speak before the DNC in 2004. I have read both his books, read his plans for insuring America to pull herself out of the abyss and once again be the great super power she once was. We need to be a self-supporting nation and we can't be if all of our jobs and manufacturing is sent overseas. We need to take care of ourselves first before taking care of the rest of the world. I was and am quite comfortable voting for him for President and I am quite pleased that he chose Biden for his V.P. I voted for McCain during the Primary during 2000, and to my credit, I never voted for G.W. Bush.

    Enough with the b.s and on to the debates!

    It seems that there are quite a few people on this board that suffer from Tropophobia. (You all know who you are).

    August 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Standard campaign boilerplate from Boehner. The truth is, this is a great ticket, and they'll serve us well when they're elected.

    August 23, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Alimi

    John McCain has "taken the bold step of calling on Speaker Pelosi to bring Congress back from its break to vote on House Republicans’ American Energy Act? Tell me, when was the last time Senator McCain showed up in congress to vote? Is it the same McCain that would not even vote on his own sponsored bill?

    August 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. laurence

    boehner may very well be a end of long and undistinguished career. he's another racially challenged repugnican. Just like mcclusterbomb!

    August 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. NC Jan

    LOVE THE OBAMA/BIDEN is one Republican who changed party affiliation to Independent and will be voting for the Obama/Biden ticket in November!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Wake up America

    OBAMA/Biden 08 = the real dream team!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    Obama & Biden ticket is telling the entire world this is exactly what Obama has been saying all along, "we must engage with those who don't like us" . Choosing Biden dispite what Biden thought of him in the past, tells how much Barack cares about the United States...what he will sacrafice for this country....Go Obama bring us together not divide us.....One common goal

    August 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Crush Rush

    Boehner will get his new job as a lobbyist for big oil over on K street real soon.

    August 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    Doesn't matter who he picks. The 3 AM slap at Hillary was disgraceful and sarcastic. This arrogant fool just proved that he's all show and NOTHING else. I am a Hillary supporter and this finally make up my mind. I'm voting for McCain.

    August 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Willa-PA

    Great choice-anyone voting for McCain and who-ever he picks as his running mate, get what they deserve and have no right to complain when they get the same of what we've had for the last 8 years…
    This Obama/Biden ticket is a great balance no matter what the pundits and Republicans will be saying. Team work is what is needed to make what was once a great country, before Bush, great again

    August 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. DAN

    Biden thinks Ohuhbama is not ready of course now he'll lie his way out of it but we really know what he thinks, thats a problem.

    August 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Michigan Independent

    Boehner could use some diplomacy lessons from Lugar….

    August 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. tedious898

    Does anyone know why the Service men and women overwhelmingly support Obama and not identify with McCain? I thought McCain's the war hero and supports the troops. I guess the McCain Campaign rhetoric is a big fat lie – OH GASP! Think about it Americans if u luv ur country

    August 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Independent Thinker

    Boehner is a Republican puppet; what else is he going to say.

    August 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. William, from Cali!

    It amazes me that some people....... "know, who doesn't have the answers"; but they "don't have any real answers themselves'"!

    August 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Mitt Romney also said mcWAR is no match for Obama.

    August 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Larry Buchas

    That's what you think, Boehner.

    Joe Biden is an American Patriot. You are a partisan phony.

    August 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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